Thanks to Laurel from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for this story!
It had been a year since Laurel’s grandfather had passed away. It being Samhain, the Wiccan celebration of Halloween, she decided to hold a private circle to bless her ancestors. Her grandfather had been cremated and his ashes distributed in vials among the family. Gathering her supplies, she decided to bring one of her grandfather’s vials along to further include him in the ceremony.
Since it was such a lovely, fall morning, Laurel decided to hold the ritual outside. At the top of a small hill behind her house is a beautiful grove of trees. Sitting with her back against one of the trees, Laurel began the ritual. She set the incense burning to cleanse the area around her. She blessed the herbs that she had brought as an offering to the Gods. Then she lit her candle and sat back to say her prayers and to meditate. She had her grandfather’s ashes beside her.
Once she had closed the circle, Laurel began to collect her things. Then she made an astonishing discovery. The vial was gone!
“It couldn’t have gone far,” she thought. “I had it right next to me.”
She started scrambling through the leaves, thinking perhaps that the wind had shifted some of them and hidden the vial. She couldn’t find it anywhere. Maybe the Gods were playing a Samhain trick on her?
She looked up at the sky. “Okay. I acknowledge that you’re there, but this isn’t funny. Can I have my Grandpap back now, please?”
As if in response, another thought came to Laurel. “Grandpap was a trickster in his own right. What if he was the one who took his vial?” Laurel felt comforted. If her grandfather wanted to remain in this special spot by her home, then she would honor his wish. She smiled, knowing he would always watch over her and her family from the grove on the hill.